National Geographic : 1948 May
I IDrien Leigh frlm Black Star The Winner and New Champion Tells How He Achieved Glory Following derby day custom, this winner of a race at Bangkalan mounts the withers of one of his bulls to make a speech. With pantomime and oratorical flourishes he discusses his animals' pedigrees and describes his training methods. Among his defeated rivals may be some with broken bones, for jockeys frequently fall from their perches on sledges dragged between the yoked bulls. During their three-year occupation of the island the Japanese banned bull racing and also bull fighting. in which two animals prod each other until one runs away. Many bulls were slaughtered to feed Japanese troops. However, bull sports were conducted secretly. The first big race meeting since Japan's surrender was held a few months ago. A Madoerese, say the islanders, often values his bulls more than his family. He bathes them daily, supplies them with choice fodder, and is ever ready to proclaim their superiority. The best are trained for racing or fighting; the others are shipped abroad. Before World War II Madoera exported about 60,000 bulls annually. Cows are used mainly as draft animals and for producing more bulls. .,,/1 I ^^^R\^ ^^^^^ ^^^y ^61e .P\ V L^.^^ U^WW ^ 'oH « - * ^^ animals and for producing more bulls.